5 things to do today: Monday, August 5
Michael Innis-Jiménez Innis-Jimenez presents a talk about his new book, Steel Barrio: The Great Mexican Migration to South Chicago, 1915-1940, in which he presents a history of the thousands of Mexican Americans living and working in the steel mill communities of South Chicago. Harold Washington Library Center. 6pm.
Kill All Comedy West The Kill All Comedy producers bring their night of anything-goes sketch comedy to Logan, but they throw stand-up into the mix. Quenchers Saloon. 8pm.
"Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom." Opening in chorus with the growing debate in Springfield over hydraulic fracturing—the controversial method of tapping underground wells of oil and natural gas—it's tempting to see North Dakota as an allegory. Photographer Terry Evans and journalist Elizabeth Farnsworth give a snapshot of the economic and environmental impact of the Williston Basin region oil boom, both positive (job creation, farmers leasing land for extra income) and negative (wells and pipelines encroach on the state's prairie and wildlife). The exhibit runs through January 2014. The Field Museum. 9am–5pm.
OPERA & CLASSICAL
Ravinia's Steans Music Institute 25th Anniversary Watch violinists Miriam Fried and Mihaela Martin; violists Artar Arad and Paul Biss; cellist Frans Halmerson and pianist Jeremy Denk perform for the RSMI 25th birthday showcase. Martin Theatre, Ravinia. 8pm. $40–$60; lawn $10, ticket and dining package $75.
That's Weird, Grandma Want to look cool to your favorite pipsqueak (and adult friends, too)? Introduce them to Barrel of Monkeys’ joyously long-running public show. The troupe conducts writing workshops with CPS grade school students by day, then transforms the kids’ stories into hilarious or heartfelt skits and songs, performed with abandon by a spirited ensemble. Neo-Futurarium. 8pm. $10, kids $5.